IDF’s advocacy campaign has stepped-up a gear to ensure diabetes is at the heart of the future development agenda after the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015. IDF strengthened its role as a thought leader within this process, with the Global Thematic Consultation on Health report reflecting many of IDF’s priorities and recommendations.
The launch of the Lancet series on NCDs in February - which IDF and the NCD Alliance contributed to - underscored the “rational, compelling and urgent” need to include diabetes and the related NCDs in future development goals. UK Prime Minister David Cameron issued a statement in support of the series, stating that diseases such as diabetes “affect the poorest people in the world - as prevention, detection and treatment services are often out of reach”. Helen Clark, the Head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and keynote speaker at the event, called for NCDs to be included on the post-2015 agenda to improve “people’s lives, opportunities and future prospects - thereby advancing sustainable human development overall”. More